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  1. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies go to work, Spurs go home

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:57 AM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    The deed is done. Even the slightest doubts of the Grizzlies’ prowess in their first round series have been put to rest, as have the revered San Antonio Spurs. Memphis completed their seemingly improbable upset by dominating in the most probable ways; the Grizz scrambled, posted up, defended, rebounded, and scrapped their way to a…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Spurs miracle staved off elimination once. Got another?

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    The San Antonio Spurs are here. Still playing. Manu Ginobili hit a wild shot. Gary Neal hit the thrilling game saver to force overtime. Tony Parker morphed into Tony Parker circa 2005 in the overtime. San Antonio staved off elimination Wednesday in dramatic fashion. But it did not change the underlying issues in this series.…

  3. Video: Gary Neal’s three to save the Spurs season

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Gary Neal

    The San Antonio Spurs are still alive in the playoffs right now, living to fight another day. Thanks to Gary Neal. A rookie. He did what seemingly countless veteran Spurs have done before him and made the big play — in this case a three to send Game 5 to overtime. Where the Spurs prevailed…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Spurs tear a hole in the fabric of the universe, improbably beat Grizzlies to stay alive

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:47 AM EDT

    Gary Neal

    This series, these playoffs, or this calendar year may be over before anyone has fully recovered from Game 5′s madness. San Antonio somehow managed to escape with a win, but I’m not quite sure anyone could properly explain how it happened. The Grizzlies converted down the stretch in the fourth quarter. They worked the ball…

  5. The title contending Spurs are dead. Long live the Spurs.

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end —Jim Morrison, The Doors We’re going to miss the Tim Duncan era Spurs. Yes, likely will get one more win in their first round series, Wednesday night at home. They are fully capable of that. But it will be fools…

  6. Antonio McDyess: “We’re playing like a bunch of wussies”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Memphis came into this series a tough matchup for San Antonio — the Spurs want to control the paint and take away those three pointers opponents like to shoot. Except the Grizzlies don’t really shoot threes and have more size and skill in the paint than the Spurs. And they are more physical. In the…

  7. Video: O.J. Mayo with the baseline reverse dunk

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    It wasn’t just that Memphis won Game 4 and took a 3-1 lead over the San Antonio Spurs, it was how. The Grizzlies bullied them. They were more physical. In boxing/MMA terms, they punched San Antonio in the mouth and San Antonio has stepped back. Maybe the signature play of the game was this O.J.…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies go for the kill, take 3-1 lead over Spurs

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

    O. J. Mayo

    The San Antonio Spurs are lost. Their will is broken, their vaunted offense has withered and died, and the three-star core that has brought so much success to the Spurs franchise just isn’t producing at an acceptable level. Or, more accurately, the Memphis Grizzlies have erased the Spurs. They’ve broken San Antonio’s will, and smothered…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Must win game for Spurs against Grizzlies? Yup.

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies' Randolph celebrates his team's win over the San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Memphis

    If the fact Rebecca Black has a hit was not proof enough we live in a Bizzaro World, I bring you this: The San Antonio Spurs must beat the Memphis Grizzlies tonight on the road, or their path out of the playoffs is as slippery as a Slip ‘n Slide. Win and the series is…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Memphis tries to make Spurs sing the blues

    Apr 23, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Tim Duncan

    The Spurs were not regular season monsters only, right? Memphis is just a tough matchup who can grind it out but when push comes to shove Tim Duncan will still be Tim Duncan, Tony Parker will get into the lane and hit floaters, Manu Ginobili will confound. Right? We’ll find out Saturday in Memphis. We…

  11. NBA Playoffs: For one game new Spurs look like old Spurs

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:06 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    These are not your father’s San Antonio Spurs. Well, bad example, because your father’s Spurs had Artis Gilmore and George Gervin, and these definitely are not those Spurs. But these are not the four-time champion Spurs, either. This is a very different team with a different, more offense-minded identity. As Timothy Varner said at 48…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Manu Ginobili playing in Game 2 for Spurs

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Matt Bonner

    Manu Ginobili is back. With a rather cumbersome looking brace on his sprained right elbow, but he is back. And that could make Game 2 between the Grizzlies and Spurs a lot different than Game 1. In the first game, the Grizzlies focused their defensive efforts on Tony Parker (4-of-12 shooting), tried hard to stop…

  13. Or maybe Manu Ginobili is a go for Game 2, so good for the Spurs

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 3:48 pm: Apparently somebody brought some water from Lourdes to San Antonio, because there has been a miraculous healing. Reports as of this morning said Ginobili was still doubtful, but now the very good beat writer Jeff McDonald of the Express-News says on twitter that Ginobili is 99.9 percent likely to play. They need him,…

  14. Video: Shane Battier, Ray Allen drop game-winning threes

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Allen reacts after hitting the game-winning shot against the New York Knicks in Boston

    You expect this kind of thing from Ray Allen. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I think Sunday was clutch game winning three number 142,684 in his career. But Shane Battier is a little quieter, a guy better known for his defense than clutch shooting. He’s a career 38 percent shooter from three…

  15. Lakers, Spurs losses shouldn’t have fans nervous. Yet.

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:11 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul drives through the defense of Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    This is not a changing of the guard in the West. Not yet. The day is coming when Oklahoma City and maybe New Orleans or Memphis are going to be whooping the Lakers and Spurs in the playoffs and it will not be an upset. There will be a passing torch (or more likely, the…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies win the day, but is their success sustainable?

    Apr 17, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur

    The Memphis Grizzlies did it. They made big play after big play down the stretch on Sunday afternoon, and secured a 1-0 series lead against the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, not to mention scored their first playoff win in franchise history. The victory was a tremendous achievement on several levels, and yet even the Grizzlies’…

  17. Spurs Ginobili out for Game one, after that who knows

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Again, this is why you don’t play your stars in meaningless late regular season games. Manu Ginobili will be out for Game 1 of the Spurs first round series against the Grizzlies due to a sprained right elbow. Which sucks. But it may not hurt them that much this series. What they need is a…

  18. How they can win it all: San Antonio Spurs

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Two teams executed what they wanted to do this season better than any other — the Chicago Bulls on defense, the San Antonio Spurs on offense. Yet, when the talk of a title came up it was always the Lakers out of the West, Miami and Boston in the East. “I think we’ve been a…

  19. Ginobili has right elbow sprain, doubtful for Game 1 Sunday

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Tuesday night against the Lakers, Gregg Popovich sat his three big stars and there were people saying that he was just tanking to make sure the Spurs avoided the Lakers in the second round. He played them Wednesday night, to get them some run, and showed why it’s a good idea to sit them. MRI…

  20. NBA Playoff Preview: San Antonio vs. Memphis

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Shane Battier, Mike Conley

    SEASON RECORDS Spurs: 61-21 (No. 1 seed) Grizzlies: 46-36 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Tied: 2-2, with each team winning both games on their home court. Tony Parker missed one of the Spurs losses, Tim Duncan the other. KEY INJURIES Spurs: Manu Ginobili, the two guard from Argentina that is key to the Spurs chances…

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